A hunt has been launched for two men after a horse was dumped following a collision with a car.
The animal was seriously injured during a procession in Great Bridge Road in Bilston on Sunday, after she bolted into a vehicle.
The impact smashed the windscreen of a familys Volkswagen and left the mare lying in the road and bleeding profusely.
At the time of the incident the horse was attached to a traditional carriage.
The men riding her later fled the scene – dragging the trap with them.
RSPCA Inspector Vicki Taylor, who was called alongside police, said: The horse was lying in the road and bleeding where the smashed windscreen had cut into her front and legs.
This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suffering.
Thankfully the family who were in the car were uninjured but their vehicle was badly damaged.
When I arrived, the men with the horse had already left, dragging the trap away with them. Witnesses provided photos of the owners taking off the trap and leaving the horse in the road.
It must have been a shock to be involved in an accident like this but these men essentially abandoned this horse to die.
As they left, the two men were pictured trying to hide their faces.
The mare, who is about seven years old, is also underweight but is now recovering at a private boarding establishment in RSPCA care.
Inspector Taylor added: Thankfully there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open wounds which may take a while to start healing.
We are now appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or the men in these images, to contact us in strictest confidence on the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.